Exams & Evaluation

MA in Kodály Music Pedagogy

The entrance examination is usually in June for studies commencing in September. 
Students will be notified of the exact dates by e-mail/post.

Examinations are held at the end of each semester or at the end of the academic year.
End-of-year examinations are held in May. 
Students will be notified of the content of the examination and the exact dates during the semester.

Examinations are evaluated by five grades: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - 5 being the highest and 2 the poorest grade. 1 is considered as fail.


CONTENT OF THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION (in the past for the one-year MA Course)
(Information for the 2-year MA Course entrance examinations will be available later on.)

I ) Solfege-Music Theory Written Examination


  • two-part polyphonic material (about 8 bars)
  • part of an art song (Classical or Romantic): notation of the soprano and bass part, indicating the chords
  • a 20th-21st-century monophonic tune
  • triads and seventh chords in root position and/or their inversions
  • completing the missing parts of a 4-part Bach chorale

Download sample exam tasks here in pdf format or the 2009 test: student's copy / teacher's copy


II) Oral Examination

1. Personal Interview: aim of the interview is to acquire information about the applicant's

  • background of music pedagogical interest
  • professional and pedagogical preliminaries
  • level of familiarity with the Kodály concept of music education

2. Solfege-Music Theory

  • sight-singing of an easier Classical or Romantic art song with own piano accompaniment (e.g. Mozart: Die Verschweigung KV 518)
  • sight-singing a monophonic 20th-century tune
  • playing a sequence of 4-part harmonies from figured bass at sight

See an example of sight-reading and figured bass here.

3. Folk Music

Singing 25 folk songs from memory. Non-Hungarian applicants must bring the list of the scores and texts of these 25 songs for the examination. Hungarian applicants must give an analysis of the characteristic features of the songs.

4. Singing

  • 1 Baroque or Classical art song or aria
  • 1 Romantic art song and
  • 1 freely chosen art song or aria with piano accompaniment
    The chosen repertoire must be in minimum two languages and the pieces must be sung in the original language and by memory.
  • applicants must bring a list of the chosen pieces 
    The Institute will provide a piano accompanist.

5. Piano

  • a freely chosen Bach piece, at least on the level of the three-part inventions
  • first movement of a Classical sonata (Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart)
  • a freely chosen piece from a 19th- or 20th-century composer
  • applicants must bring a list of the chosen pieces

6. Conducting

Conducting a two- or three-part choral piece. 
The Institute will provide a small vocal ensemble.